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Data Engineering Intern

Why Zendesk?
Zendesk builds software crafted to improve the customer experience. Your favorite brands use our products to engage you as a customer. We lead the industry with breathtakingly simple software, but we’re constantly innovating and can’t wait to outdo ourselves in the future!
At Zendesk, diversity, equity and inclusion are more than buzzwords, and bigger than the bottom line. It’s about our people knowing that they’re valued where they work. Employees at Zendesk work hard to build a culture where everyone belongs. Employee Communities play a vital role in creating communities that bring us together and ensure we feel supported at work.
Enterprise Data & Analytics (EDA) is a high-performance group chartered with delivering a beautifully simple analytics foundation and service that allows Zendesk to scale to a $3 Billion company with clearly defined, consistent metrics and a data architecture that provides all business operations with high quality and timely analytics for optimal decision making. Our business supports multiple products, each generating their own unique data. Product owners, engineers, and business analysts throughout the company rely on this data to help make informed decisions. We’ve built an Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) platform dedicated to support disparate internal and external data sources. The platform has been built leveraging mostly open-source tools on Google Cloud Platform.
The Data Engineer Intern will have an exciting opportunity to gain valuable experience and skills as part of the EDA Data Solutions team. Data Solutions is an agile, multipurpose team responsible for a broad array of activities supporting EDA and the company as a whole. Under the umbrella of analytics enablement, these activities are centered around solving some of the company’s most challenging data problems. Our work spans all Zendesk products and business domains represented in the Enterprise Data Warehouse. We collaborate with analyst, operations, engineering, and business-facing teams throughout the company to promote the acquisition of data-driven insights.
What you’ll be doing everyday:
  • Get a front row seat to the EDA Data Solutions team’s work to promote the adoption, growth, and refinement of enterprise analytics products and services within a fast-growing company
  • Communicate with data product owners, analysts, and other data consumers to translate business requirements into technical specifications
  • Grow your technical skills while engaging with EDA teammates to create and refine tools and automation built on our analytics infrastructure stack to scale our data operations
  • Develop good development, testing, and release habits within EDA’s production environment using our enterprise deployment tools and systems
  • Develop processes that validate, automate, scale, and monitor data transformations (ETL)
  • Gain broad exposure to our existing codebase by pressure-testing, systematizing, and refining what’s already been built
  • Design and build a capstone project that contributes in some way to EDA’s infrastructure, services, or data products, to present at the end of the summer internship program.
What you need to succeed: 
  • Demonstrated drive and excitement to work with an internal analytics team in a fast-growing SaaS technology company
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral -- demonstrated ability to adapt communications to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences 
  • Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail -- demonstrated ability to create, document, and improve processes
  • Analytical, adaptive problem solving skills -- can create and refine solutions in unstructured, fast-changing situations
  • Startup mentality -- strong ownership and follow-through on projects in a dynamic environment where lines of responsibility may not always be clearly defined
  • Current undergraduate student or Spring 2021 graduate pursuing a degree in a quantitative field
  • Advanced knowledge of Python, YAML, JSON, Javascript, REST / SOAP APIs, SQL
  • Advanced experience with computer science and coding; debugging, templatization, iterative development, deployment processes
  • Experience with validating data and conducting exploratory data analysis using relational data (with tools/languages such as Excel, R, SaaS)
  • Experience with concepts in data modeling, data warehousing, ETL design
  • A solid understanding of at least one statistical tool / language (Python, R, Tensorflow, Jupyterhub) a plus
  • Experience in visualizing data trends and presenting analysis results (e.g. with Excel, Tableau or another BI platform) a plus

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